Oklahoma River Trails

Oklahoma

Oklahoma River Trails Facts

States: Oklahoma
Counties: Oklahoma
Length: 13 miles
Trail end points: Devon Boathouse at Regatta Park and S. Portland Ave.; S. Meridian Ave.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6555380
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Oklahoma River Trails Description

The Oklahoma River Trails provide a smooth, level pathway through downtown Oklahoma City free of motorized vehicle crossings. The tree-lined trails follow the north and south banks of their namesake, offering scenic views of the waterway, parks and wetland areas. A highlight of the route is the Oklahoma National Stockyards, founded in 1910 and, at one time, the nation's top cattle market.

Trail users can directly connect to the South Grand Trail just west of Interstate 44. The trail on the north bank of the river also meets the Bricktown Canal Trail at Regatta Park, allowing those on foot to safely continue north into the popular Bricktown district.

The trail is also only 6 blocks away from a unique bike and pedestrian bridge that's worth a side trip to see. To get to the bridge: From the Oklahoma River Trail on the river's north bank, travel east from Wheeler Park and S. Walker Avenue and hop on S. Harvey Avenue (or the sidewalk paralleling the street). Head north on S. Harvey Avenue to SW 10th Street, where you'll see the SkyDance Bridge rising 200 feet into the sky. Its unusual shape was inspired by Oklahoma's state bird, the scissor-tailed flycatcher. The bridge's 380-foot expanse provides safe passage over I-40. Visit at night to see its colorful lights.

Parking and Trail Access

Visitors can access the north side of the Oklahoma River Trails from the following parking areas: Regatta Park off Byers Avenue, just west of the Byers Avenue Bridge; SW 15th Street, between Walker and Robinson; and Wheeler Park at SW 9th Street and S. Shartel Avenue.

Visitors can access the south side of the Oklahoma River Trails from the following parking areas: SW 15th Street and S. Meridian Avenue; River Park at SW 8th Street and S. Agnew Avenue; Wiley Post Park at SE 17th Street and S. Robinson Avenue; and SW 15th Street, just east of S. Portland Avenue.

Oklahoma River Trails Reviews

I get more flats riding this trail than anyplace else. Occasional glass slivers from broken bottles caused by kids and homeless that occupy the area. Dried pine needles are deadly if you leave the trail. The path is fairly clean except when the city cuts the grass. I have 25mm tires so occasional flats can happen, but some local riders refer to this area as "The Flats" and for good reason.

We rode the trail on the south side (connecting from the Grand Trail). The River trail was wide and well-marked and it was SO nice that the trail went under the cross streets--instead of actually having to cross them. The day we rode the section east of the boathouse was closed, but I think that was a temporary closure. Also, the area around the stockyards smells like a stockyards--which is to be expected but still worth noting.

Accordion

We rode this / these 'River Trails' in early June, 2013. this was an excellent early morning ride for us. Not much shade, but good markings, good scenery, good surface, generally a good experience, except, maybe the noise of the freeway while on the 'north-side'. The ride was short (about 15 miles) but nice, and there is a plethora of things to look-at and enjoy, visually... - OK City provides a definitely OK place to ride

I found this trail was very well taking care and well laid out. The only thing I didn't like was that the wind was blowing at about 10-15 MPH and I got some unpleasent smells along the way.

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